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Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence 
St. Croix Catholic School develops the WHOLE child – Mind, Body, and Spirit. The teachers and staff recognize that every student has a beautiful  temperament and personality created by God. The gifts your child brings to the classroom, coupled with our teachers’ expertise and love creates an environment for students that is challenging, structured, and most of all – filled with a joy of learning.
At St. Croix Catholic, you can expect:
  • Small classroom sizes
  • Individual Student Assessments
  • Continual striving for excellence
  • Regular communication with teachers
  • Whole child progress reports (academic, social, spiritual)
  • Respectful learning environment*
Ark of Angels, our preschool program (serving ages 3-5), is unique to the St. Croix Valley in that it combines two time-tested concepts into a single educational experience for your preschooler. Faith-based education and Montessori-driven learning is a perfect match. Our Catholic faith teaches us that each child brought into the world is a unique and cherished individual, and Montessori-based education strives to bring out that individuality, seeking and unfolding the child’s unique interests, talents, and skills.
Our primary (grades K-2) and intermediate (grades 3-5) programs emphasize basics in language arts, reading, science, and mathematics. Spanish, social studies, art, music, library skills, physical education, and religion round out our sound curriculum. In these grades, our teachers strive to instill in children a virtuous character, which naturally leads to a desire to achieve academic excellence.
Our middle school (grades 6-8) program challenges the middle school student’s mind with a rigorous curriculum and further develops the moral conscience.  St. Croix Catholic is the first Catholic school in the state of Minnesota to implement Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. This hands-on way of learning has opened up exciting real world learning opportunities for our students.

Enrichment activities abound at St. Croix Catholic -  within the school day, as well as before and after school:  Lego League, Math Team, Chess Club, Student Council, Yearbook, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little Flowers, Art Adventure, Band, Orchestra, Academic Quiz Bowl, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Science Fair, Junior Great Books, and Creative Kids Club (our before/after childcare program).

Responsive Classroom, a widely used, research-backed approach to education is implemented throughout St. Croix Catholic. Research shows schools who invest in this program see an increase in academic achievement, decrease in problem behaviors, improvement in social skills, and the assurance of an environment that allows for high-quality instruction.